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New digs, better analysis?

The Defense Intelligence Agency will cut the ribbon Tuesday on Rivanna Station, its new Joint Use Intelligence Analysis Facility in Albemarle County.

The new 170,500-square-foot facility, which cost $61 million, will house some 1,000 intelligence analysts from the DIA and the Army's National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), which is headquartered in nearby Charlottesville. Rivanna Station is expected to bring about 1,500 jobs to Albemarle County.

DIA has been expanding its permanent footprint since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. It's added an entire new wing to its main facility at Bolling Air Force and is now looking for a half-million square feet in Northern Virginia to consolidate various leases. The NGIC, a lead intelligence agency for counter-IED analysis and other direct war-support functions in Afghanistan and Iraq, has itself outgrown its facility.

A DIA spokesman said in an e-mail that the agency's move is mandated by measures in the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) that require "DIA to relocate analysis functions similar to those performed by NCIC."

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  August 9, 2010; 6:47 PM ET
 
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